• Race organiser Christian Prudhomme confident of UCI ruling
• Froome convinced of innocence and expects verdict to go his way
Christian Prudhomme, the Tour de France organiser, has said he is confident that Chris Froome’s salbutamol case will be resolved one way or another before this year’s race.
Speaking before the start of the Liège-Bastogne-Liège Classic, Prudhomme said: “I have said since December that we need a rapid solution. The statements of the president of the UCI indicate that there will certainly be an answer before the Tour de France.
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- Cyclist settles for $5m in suit that could have sought $100m
- Deal announced Thursday as both sides prepared for May trial
Lance Armstrong has reached a $5m settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100m in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories after admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his career.
The deal announced Thursday came as the two sides prepared for a trial that was scheduled to start 7 May in Washington. Armstrong’s former US Postal Service team-mate Floyd Landis filed the original lawsuit in 2010 and is eligible for up to 25 percent of the settlement.
His dramatic victory in the Paris-Roubaix has elevated the Slovakian to the pinnacle of his sport but his humble roots and carefree attitude seem certain to keep cycling’s new hero grounded
“I was thoroughly fucked but I tried to enjoy it afterwards,” Peter Sagan says with a grin as he explains how he felt after winning the Paris-Roubaix classic this month. “When I was younger, it was always my dream to win Paris-Roubaix. I didn’t think about the World Championships and [the Tour of] Flanders.”
Sagan is the most popular rider in cycling today and, with the murky uncertainty surrounding Chris Froome and Team Sky, his victory felt like a shaft of light which revealed panache and grit. They call Paris-Roubaix the ‘Hell of the North’, because its 29 cobbled sections have a bone-juddering impact on even the toughest and most brilliant riders. It is also the glittering peak among the five monuments which are cycling’s oldest and most prestigious one-day races.
Twice I didn’t finish Roubaix and in those races I did finish I was in much worse condition than this year
If you ask me how could I help cycling I would say by being myself. I want to make people enjoy life – because so many people have a hard time
The threshold for ‘but I have to’ gets lower until I’m scarcely prepared to use my legs
I reviewed an electric bike once in the 90s, before anyone discovered intuitive software. Working out how to turn it on and off was way beyond anything I’d picked up from a basic humanities education and it was like a high-intensity, unwanted brain workout accompanied by a real fear of death. Everything has changed. The Raleigh Mustang Comp controls are very obvious, the weight is greater than a regular racer yet it’s hardly a moped, but most of all, it’s no longer an energy boost for the tired commuter; it’s a training aid. You pedal for as long as you’re able, and kick the motor in only when you have to. It doesn’t go madly fast — about 22km/h unless you’re determined – but it feels like flying.
As the week goes on, the threshold for “but I have to” gets lower and lower until I’m scarcely prepared to use my own legs. But on the other hand, I was cycling everywhere. “I must be getting fitter,” I’d think, sashaying up to Crystal Palace in south London just for the hell of checking out its one-way system, “because I’m so incredibly cold”. I became so attached to it as a mode of transport that I actually Googled the fitness benefits of not being warm enough, but there are none.
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Largest ever team to leave these shores is trailing Australia by a distance and the administrative backup has missed a trick as well
Team England ticked very few boxes at the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday, from the support officials who incomprehensibly botched the entry form for the cyclist Melissa Lowther to the athletes who became the latest high-profile names to fail to win medals.
With 390 athletes and 198 support staff, the England party is the largest ever sent from home shores to a sporting event, comfortably eclipsing the Great Britain team which travelled to the 2016 Olympics. At a cost of £5m of taxpayers’ and national lottery money to cover a preparation camp in Brisbane, flights, kit and other expenses, it has not come cheap. As the established names, arguably those most likely to inspire the future generation, continued to fall by the wayside on Tuesday through injury or lack of performance, it became increasingly difficult to defend that sum.
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- Administrative error despite ‘seven or eight’ layers of checks
- Team England offers apology to ‘gutted’ rider
English cyclist Melissa Lowther has been training all season for the time trial at the Commonwealth Games and travelled more than 24 hours to be on the Gold Coast. But she was denied her place on the start line after a Team England official failed to tick a box on her entry form.
The extraordinary administrative error was not spotted until it was too late, despite “seven or eight” layers of checks where the mistake could have been identified. Despite the Commonwealth Games reputation as the “friendly games” the organisers refused to bend the rules to allow her to race. The 21-year-old was informed of the mistake the day before she was due to compete and it is understood she was devastated and her family, who were hoping to watch her on the TV from their home in Wakefield, are furious.
Related: Cameron Meyer makes up for track disappointment with time trial gold
- Cameron Meyer shock winner after entering two weeks ago
- Katrin Garfoot avenges Rio result with home triumph
Australia won both the women’s and men’s individual time trial cycling gold medals at the Commonwealth Games after Katrin Garfoot triumphed with a time of 35 minutes 8.09 seconds on Tuesday afternoon and Cameron Meyer was a shock winner in the earlier men’s competition.
Until two weeks ago, Meyer had no intention of competing in the road-based time trial race. Meyer is a specialist track cyclist, and was a medal favourite for the men’s 40km track points race.
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• Belgian rider died in hospital following a heart attack
• Widespread tributes paid to 23-year-old
As the cycling world mourned the loss of the young Belgian professional Michael Goolaerts, who died late on Sunday night after suffering a heart attack during the Paris-Roubaix race, magistrates in the northern French town of Cambrai announced that they would be opening a formal inquiry into the 23-year-old’s death.
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Belgian’s death at the Paris-Roubaix reminds us of the price that can be paid for our pleasure, but riders return each year to this fiendishly difficult race in an act of non-rational courage
The death of young Michael Goolaerts following a crash in the Paris‑Roubaix on Sunday reminds us of the price that can be paid for our pleasure. First held in 1896, which makes it seven years older than the Tour de France, Paris‑Roubaix has a reputation resting on the sustained brutality of the physical challenge it presents to those brave enough to take it on.
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